Matthew McDermott’s Blog

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I have been doing some house cleaning today. This is the dialog from my copy of a VPC from one disk to another. That’s 134 years, 23 days and 7 hours. Time to reboot! Read More →

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I have been learning a lot about CSS and XHTML. One of my first challenges was simply getting SharePoint Designer to use XHTML Strict as the default. Turns out the smarties at Microsoft already thought of this. Here’s how to set the default document type for your pages. Read More →

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Those who know me, know that I am a keyboard and short cut junkie. Here is a faster way to blog from Word. Create a shortcut with the following command: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE" /t"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033\Blog.dotx" Now you can create a blog article from Word without creating a document first! Back to work! Read More →

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The infrastructure team has begun some testing on the Exchange 2007 migration. My mailbox was moved the other night and this is what I have noticed. The Process When the guys moved my mailbox I had to be offline for the move. They tested the migration and let me connect. Outlook had no issues or changes required. My phone detected the change and performed a complete resynchronization. My OWA address changed, we’re running 2003 and 2007 in parallel There is a known issue with Communicator that causes it to issue a login prompt from time to time, this has apparently been resolved though Visual Scheduling You can now see the text of your appointments in the scheduler. Read More →

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We have several cases where IE and Office crash when connected to SharePoint sites. Usually related to document editing, saving, etc. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833714 speaks to the issue. The solution that we have found to work most often is the “reinstall SharePoint components” option. Read More →

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I have always said that the choice of the site template is one of the most important choices that you make for your client. Case in Point: After struggling with the “Publishing Portal” template, I recently chose to use the “Collaboration Portal” template for a site that is going to be internet facing. I began testing Anonymous access last week and (to my dismay) discovered that the Anonymous user had access to areas of the site like “pages/forms/allitems. Read More →

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I have been working on our latest initiative this weekend, MOSS Connect. As I was plowing through issues I ran across an article where the author was hiding different page elements from anonymous users with the following tag: <Sharepoint:SPSecurityTrimmedControl runat="server" PermissionsString="BrowseDirectories"> [content to be rights-trimmed] </Sharepoint:SPSecurityTrimmedControl> It occurred to me that I could hide Welcome and Site Action menu from anonymous users in the same way. This is how I did it on MOSS Connect: Read More →

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I think this is going to be a series. I asked about this one beforeā€¦ What does this check box do? …and on the topic of global deployments. How the heck does this feature work? Cheers! Read More →

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